Fabulous 40s Festival gives economy a shot in the arm

Children were happy to dress up and enjoy the fun at last year's Festival
Children were happy to dress up and enjoy the fun at last year's Festival

The region’s economy will receive a massive financial boost this weekend when thousands of visitors descend on Woodhall Spa for the 40s Festival.

Now in it’s third year, the Festival is already established as one of the biggest and most respected of its kind in the entire country.

For weeks, local hotels, campsites and restaurants have been booked up.

Organisers putting in last minute preparations are hoping the sun shines for the entire weekend.

Spokesman Graham Keegan said: “In our first year, we were amazed at the number of people who attended.

“The local restaurants ran even out of food.

“Last year, everyone was a lot better prepared and it was absolutely brilliant.

“This year’s Festival will be bigger and better. There are a lot more attractions and displays.

“It really is one of the highlights of the local calender.

“People travel from all over the country. In three years, it’s gone from a start-up event to one of the biggest and most respected festivals in the country.

“It’s an opportunity to really put Woodhall Spa on the map. We just need the sun to shine.”

Visitors will be entertained by a packed programme of family orientated events on both days.

Admission to most events is free and tickets for several concerts sold out weeks ago.

Entertainers include The Blitz Dancers and Lola Lamour while there will be Living History displays featuring re-enactor groups in Jubilee Park.

There will be wartime history tours, vintage and trade stalls as well as a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.